New Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli has often spoken about how he is indebted to his fans and well-wishers for their constant support and encouragement and on Thursday after leading his team to a comprehensive win over South Africa in the opening ODI of the series in Durban, Kohli went ahead and spent some time with his fans in the crowd.
BCCI posted photos of the same on Instagram and the post read: “After a match-winning performance, Mr. Skip continues to win hearts #TeamIndia.”
Having inspired the team to a comprehensive win, Kohli now wants the boys to ride on the success of the opening game as they look to win their first ever series against the Proteas in the Rainbow Nation.
“First match of the series is important. We wanted to take the momentum of the (third) Test win into this and when we restricted South Africa to 270 on this sort of a pitch, we were happy,” Kohli, who hit 112 of 119 balls for his first ODI hundred in South Africa, said after the match.
Asked about his first hundred on South African soil, he simply said “Yeah it was quite special”.
He said he was very happy for Ajinkya Rahane who scored 79 of 86 balls batting at number four and shared with him 189 runs for the third wicket.
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“Jinx (Rahane) is a top-class player. We understood fast bowling was going to be a big factor in this tour. He was superb, he took on the fast bowlers,” said Kohli who was adjudged Man of the Match.
On the performance of his bowlers, Kohli said: “Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and Bumrah (Jasprit), we bank on them. Picking up one or two wickets in the top ten is what we wanted to do.
“And then the two wrist-spinners (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal), outstanding bowling by both of them. They are working wonderfully for the team. They’re playing in South Africa for the first time. They were very brave, they were throwing it up and that’s why they got wickets. As a captain, it’s outstanding when you have two guys who know what they want to do.”